On Thu, 4 Oct 2012, anne-ology wrote:
Thanks for this explanation.
Just thinking ... before the 'phone, folks would ring the doorbell
after the 'phone, folks would ring the
so I guess ping is the cross between
ring and pc -
interesting that's it's ping rather than p-ring p-ring p-ring ...
quotation from "List of computer term etymologies"
'The author of ping, Mike Muuss, named it after the pulses of sound
made by a sonar called a "ping". Later Dave Mills provided the
backronym "Packet Internet Groper".'
probably better to look things up than speculate.
although not sure how reliable wikipedia is. I recall WWII movies
where the crew of submarines suffered silently through 'pings' from
enemy warships on the surface trying to locate them.
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Girvin R. Herr <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
Joel Madero wrote:
A ping is just a quick email (or IRC message, etc...) that says "hey, any
updates", some users even just say "ping" in IRC basically saying "hey,
"ping", another overloaded word:
But those of us in the computer networking field assume:
Ping, a computer network tool used to test whether a particular host
is reachable across an IP network
Colloquially, it is used as you define it - to send a quick message to
someone to see what's going on in their life. As in
"I haven't heard from him for a while - I'm going to ping him to see what
he's up to."
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